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Suicide Prevention

Many resources are out there to help. Friends, family and coworkers can offer support and help find professional help. There are local and national organizations that are available 24 hours a day. They are there to help if you have thoughts of suicide or feel in crisis. It takes one call, one brave call, at a time when people find it hard to ask for help or talk about their feelings. Depression is an illness that tries to be secretive and hidden and leads to more isolation. Depression is an illness that happens across all people, spares no race or gender, includes all incomes, all ages, and includes people from all walks of life. You are not alone. You can get better. Depression can be treated. Suicide can be prevented.  Please reach out to those people that you are worried about. This is not a taboo subject and it is OK to ask if you are worried that someone is severely depressed or suicidal. 

Below is a list of national resources for Suicide Prevention. Links are available to their websites and phone numbers.

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Hope Can Happen

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

 We Can All Take Action

Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.

 Crisis Centers are Critical

By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

 

 

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If You Know Someone in Crisis

Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.  Learn more on the NSPL’s website.

 

Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Signs and Symptoms

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
  • Talking about great guilt or shame
  • Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
  • Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Using alcohol or drugs more often
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
  • Talking or thinking about death often
  • Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Putting affairs in order, making a will

If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. One resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline                                            https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

National Institute of Mental Health                               https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

Suicide Prevention Resource Center                               https://www.sprc.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention                https://afsp.org/